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Archbishop Isao Kikuchi of Tokyo. CNA file photo.

Japanese dioceses suspend Masses amid coronavirus epidemic

Mar 4, 2020

Several Japanese dioceses have suspended Masses for several weeks due to the ongoing coronavirus scare across the country.  Read more

The Pontifical University Santa Croce.

Pontifical universities close as coronavirus deaths in Italy surpass 100

Mar 4, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Rome’s pontifical universities will temporarily shut down tomorrow, after Italy’s death toll from Covid-19 surpassed 100 people March 4.  Read more

Pope Francis during Ash Wednesday Mass Feb. 26, 2020.

Pope Francis has a 'common cold,' Vatican says, amid Italy's coronavirus outbreak

Mar 3, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis was reportedly tested for the novel coronavirus, Covid-19, with negative results, an Italian newspaper said Tuesday.  Read more

Pilgrims stand in St. Peter's Square before the Wednesday general audience on Feb. 26, 2020.

Coronavirus postpones pope's global economic summit

Mar 2, 2020

By Courtney Mares

The three-day conference, named for St. Francis and scheduled to meet in Assisi, was planned to take place March 26-28... Read more

Pope Francis offering Mass in Santa Marta today Feb. 28th, 2020.

Pope Francis works from home for second day

Feb 28, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis postponed his official audiences for Friday, but maintained his private meeting schedule at his residence in Vatican City.... Read more

Pilgrims stand in St. Peter's Square after the Wednesday general audience on Feb. 26, 2020.

Vatican City implements health measures over coronavirus

Feb 27, 2020

By Courtney Mares

The Vatican has implemented special health measures and canceled some events as more than 500 people have tested positive for... Read more

Pedestrians wear surgical masks in Hong Kong following coronavirus outbreak.

Hong Kong Catholics told to look online as Mass cancelled across China

Feb 26, 2020

By Courtney Mares

The Diocese of Hong Kong has told Catholics to make use of online resources following the cancellation of Masses in response to the... Read more

Milan Cathedral.

Dioceses in northern Italy suspend Mass during coronavirus outbreak

Feb 24, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Several Catholic dioceses in northern Italy have suspended Mass and other activities this week to help contain the spread of... Read more

People wearing surgical mask sitting in subway in Shanghai, China.

Bishops and aid agencies praise coronavirus response

Feb 18, 2020

American bishops and leaders of Catholic aid agencies have praised Vatican and U.S. responses to the coronavirus outbreak, and encouraged... Read more

Chinese churches closed in response to coronavirus 

Jan 31, 2020

As the deadly coronavirus continues to spread in China, church services in some areas have been cancelled for this weekend.  Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience Jan. 31, 2018.

Pope Francis prays for coronavirus victims in China

Jan 26, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis prayed Sunday for people infected by the coronavirus, which has killed 56 people in China.  Read more

Passengers are screened at an airport in Manila, Philippines following a coronavirus outbreak in China.

Filipino bishops urge caution amid coronavirus report

Jan 23, 2020

Filipino Church leaders have urged parishioners to be extra cautious amidst a deadly outbreak of coronavirus, which has affected hundreds... Read more